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First African-American Buckeyes Football captain Leo Brown dies at 84


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1957 Captain & National Champion Leo Brown Passes

Program’s first African-American captain became an oral surgeon and an Air Force colonel


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Leo Brown, a standout performer on Woody Hayes’ Ohio State teams in the mid-1950s and the first African-American captain in program history, died this weekend at his home, in Lakewood, Colo. A nephew, Henry Brown, contacted the Ohio State Department of Athletics with the news of Brown’s passing. He was 84.


Born in 1934 and a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Brown was a three-year Varsity O letterman for Ohio State from 1955-57. He played on the 1955 Big Ten championship team, the 1956 team that set a Big Ten Conference record by reaching 17 consecutive conference victories, and the 1957 team that won the UPI national championship, the third national title for Ohio State football and the second under Hayes.


An end who played both ways on the field, Brown earned first-team all-Big Ten honors as a junior in 1956 before being selected as a team captain as a senior in 1957, along with Galen Cisco.


Following his Ohio State career, which included his becoming a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Brown enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a maxillofacial surgeon for over 20 years before retiring as a colonel.


Services for Brown will be Monday, March 26, at St. Paul’s Community Church in Lakewood, Colo., with a military burial service to follow at Ft. Logan Veteran’s Cemetery in Denver.






Ohio State Men’s Golf plays well at Linger Longer Invitational in Georgia with Fourth Place finish





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Will Grimmer paces the Buckeyes as he finishes tied for 17th at 1-under par

GREENSBORO, Ga. – Ohio State made 11 birdies and an eagle as a team over the final nine holes of the Linger Longer Invitational on Tuesday to secure its fourth place finish in the 16-team field.

The Buckeyes carded rounds of 289-289-291 to finish at 3-under par. This is the second event this year that the team has finished under-par.

Invidiously, Will Grimmer overcame a couple of double-bogeys to post a final round 74 and finish in a tie for 17th at 1-under par. Gimmer has now finished sub-par in three of his seven events this season.

Daniel Wetterich had an eventful 74 on Tuesday which included two bogeys, a double and a triple as well as a four-hole stretch of three birdies and an eagle. He finished a shot behind Grimmer at even-par and in 20th place.

Junior Will Voetsch posted three steady rounds of 71-74-72 to finish at 1-over while Jeg Coughlin III and Josh Wick each came in at 3-over for the event after final rounds of 74 and 71, respectively.

Caleb Ramirez posted three birdies in his final round of 73 as he finished tied for 45th while playing as an individual.

The Buckeyes will now have three weeks to prepare for their closing stretch of three events in regular season’s final three weekends. It starts with a trip Purdue for the Boilermaker Invitational on April 14-15. That is followed by the Robert Kepler Invitational on April 21-22 and then the Big Ten Championship on April 27-29.

4. Ohio State 281 289 291 -3
T17. Will Grimmer 72 69 74 -1
20. Daniel Wetterich 70 72 74 E
T21. Will Voetsch 71 74 72 +1
T30. Jeg Coughlin III 68 77 74 +3
T32. Josh Wick 74 74 71 +3
T45. Caleb Ramirez (Ind.) 74 75 73 +6




Ohio State sends 15 Men to NCAA Swimming/Diving Championships


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The Buckeyes enter the meet ranked No. 16 in the nation

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has 15 swimmers and divers headed to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this Wednesday through Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.


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The four-day meet will be streamed on BTN2Go and WatchESPN. BTN2Go will cover Wednesday night’s 800 freestyle relay as well as all the action on Thursday (prelims/finals). WatchESPN will take over the coverage on Friday and Saturday night.


The meet begins on Wednesday night with the 800 freestyle relay at 7 p.m. ET. Thursday’s prelims will begin at 11 a.m. ET and finals will start at 7 p.m. Friday’s action will start at 11 a.m. ET with prelims, and then WatchESPN will air the finals that evening at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s schedule will mirror the Thursday and Friday schedule with prelims starting at 11 a.m. ET and finals commencing at 7 p.m. ET. A full schedule of events can be found below with their corresponding days.


March 21 March 22 March 23 March 24
800 freestyle relay 200 freestyle relay 400 IM 1650 freestyle
500 freestyle 100 butterfly 200 backstroke
  200 IM 200 freestyle 100 freestyle
  50 freestyle 100 breaststroke 200 breaststroke
  One-meter diving 100 backstroke 200 butterfly
  400 medley relay Three-meter diving Platform diving
    200 medley relay 400 freestyle relay


Buckeye NCAA Crew

Ohio State has a total of 15 student-athletes qualified for the NCAA meet in Minneapolis. Sophomore butterfly Noah Lense headlines the group with a pair of events on his individual schedule – the 100 and 200 butterfly. Lense, a native of Clearwater, Fla., owns the seventh-fastest time in the NCAA this year in the 200 butterfly (1:40.83), a readout he registered at the Big Ten Championships a month ago. In the 100 butterfly, he enter the meet as the No. 11 seed with a season-best readout of 45.41.


Joining Lense in the 200 butterfly will be Henrique Painhas; the junior from Brazil owns a season-best time of 1:42.47. Freshman Paul DeLakis will swim in two individual events – the 200 freestyle (1:32.86) and 200 individual medley (1:42.83). DeLakis’ owns the school record in both of those individual events and he registered both of them a month ago at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 1:32.86 is the ninth best in the NCAA, and the best to be swum by a freshman this year.


Ohio State had a group of five divers qualify on the final day of the platform competition at the Zone C diving meet on March 10 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The platform representatives for the Scarlet and Gray will be Stephen Romanik, Christo Law, Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Clay White and Jacob Siler. Romanik will also be competing on the one and three-meter board, and Law advanced to the NCAA meet on one meter as well.


School record holder in the 100 breaststroke, Jack Barone, will mix it up with nations best in his primetime event. Just a month ago at the Big Ten conference meet, the senior broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke with a career-best readout of 52.24. Matt Abeysinghe (100 freestyle) and Andrew Loy (200 freestyle) both advanced to the NCAA meet in the freestyle.


Mark Belanger, Mossimo Chavez, Nick Hogsed and Michael Salazar will be ready when they are called upon for the relays. Ohio State is qualified for four of the five relays contested at the NCAA meet – the 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.


For the most up to date happenings of the NCAA meet, follow us on Twitter @OhioSt_SwimDive.




# 16 Buckeyes get ready for final home game of regular season as dangerous Rutgers visits tonight


Ohio State, Scarlet Knights tip at 7 p.m. on BTN



No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-16, 3-13)


Date: Feb. 20, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 7:01 p.m. ET
Television: BTN
Talent: Lisa Byington (Play-By-Play)
Robbie Hummel (Expert Analysis)
None (Sideline)


Senior, Graduate Recognition Tuesday
The Ohio State Department of Athletics and the men’s basketball program will formally recognize the accomplishments of its seniors and university graduates in an on-court ceremony prior to the game against the Scarlet Knights. Senior managers Darik Artis, Logan Brauer, Tyler Krupp and Greg Oman will be honored prior to student-athletes Andrew DakichKeita Bates-DiopKam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate.

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Tate will be joined on the court by his parents Jermaine and Jenice Tate along with sisters Jada and Jocelyn and brothers Jalen and Damien. Jae’Sean graduated in December with a degree in sport industry. He is currently working on a master’s degree in coaching. Jae’Sean will complete his Ohio State career among the Top 25 scorers and Top 10 rebounders in Ohio State history.
Williams will take the court with his parents Kevin Williams and Lorie Green. Kam will go down in the Ohio State record books as one of the all-time best 3-point shooters with more than 160 made threes, which ranks among the Top 10 in Ohio State history.
Bates-Diop will be accompanied by his parents, Richard and Wilma Bates along with his brother Kai and sister Maddie Biehl. Keita graduated in December with a degree in economics and is currently working on a minor in psychology. Already one of the leading scorers in Ohio State history with more than 1,100 points, Keita has one year of eligibility remaining with the Buckeyes.
Dakich will be honored with his parents Dan Dakich and Jackie White as well as his sister Laura Dakich. With an undergraduate degree from the state up north, Andrew is working on a master’s degree in coaching during his one year of eligibility with the Buckeyes.


Starting Five, Plus One
• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at
• Keita Bates-Diop was selected to the Naismith Trophy Late Season Watch List Feb. 15 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as well as the John R. Wooden Midseason Watch List Feb. 5. He is one of 20 players who remain in the running for the Wooden Award and among the final 30 for the Naismith Trophy. Bates-Diop was one of 14 players nationally selected to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List Jan. 22. The award is given to the USBWA’s college basketball player of the year. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Feb. 7 Bates-Diop is one of 10 candidates for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record a 9-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 9-0 or better. He also is the first Ohio State coach to win 20 or more (22) regular-season games in his first season in Columbus. Holtmann has won 20 or more games in each of his last five years as a head coach (Final year at Gardner-Webb, three at Butler and this season in Columbus).
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 9-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949
• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.
• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,100 points for his career with a 35-point effort vs. Illinois Feb. 4 (1,165)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (579) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…he reached 500 points this season (565) with 35 vs. Illinois…Thirty three former Buckeyes have scored 500 or more points in a season at least once for a total of 50 campaigns with a player scoring 500 or more in a season…Bates-Diop is 39th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list.
38. Lawrence Funderburke 1,179
39. Keita Bates-Diop 1,165
40. Frank Howard 1,147
C.J. Jackson reached 500 points for his career with five at No. 3 Purdue Feb. 7 (533)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. Maryland Jan. 11…Jackson has 21 games this season with 10 or more points. Jae’Sean Tate scored 16 points vs. Indiana to reach 1,400 career points (1,462)…he is averaging 12.7 points a game this season and 11.8 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 21 all-time in career scoring (1,462). He passed David Lighty with 20 points at Michigan. Jerry Francis is next at No. 20 with 1,486 career points.
20. Jerry Francis 1,486
21. Jae’Sean Tate 1,462
22. David Lighty 1,458
In addition to his abilities on offense, Tate joined the 700 club in career rebounding at Ohio State with six boards vs. Indiana…he has 735 over 124 contests for an average of 5.9 a game…he became the 14th Buckeye all-time to reach 700 career boards…the game against the Hoosiers Jan. 30 was his 100th career start in an Ohio State uniform. Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 232-84 after the loss the last time out vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.
• Tate is one of just nine players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is second nationally in field goal percentage (.556) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is tied for fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 47 blocked shots…among players with at least 45 blocks, Bates-Diop has the third-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.8…that 29.8 PAR is the fourth-highest among all Buckeyes since 1996-97, behind Evan Turner in 2009-10 (35.5), Michael Redd in 1997-98 (31.4) and D’Angelo Russell in 2014-15 (29.9) and ahead of Jared Sullinger in 2010-11 (28.5).






Taver Johnson returns to Ohio State as Cornerbacks Coach


Taver Johnson (courtesy Temple)

Feb. 13, 2018



Urban Meyer Names Taver Johnson Cornerbacks Coach

Ohio native returns to Columbus and Ohio State where he previously coached five seasons

COLUMBUS, Ohio Taver Johnson, a 23-year coaching veteran with prior positions in the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the National Football League, has joined coach Urban Meyer’s staff as cornerbacks coach, Meyer announced today. Additional responsibilities for Johnson may be announced at a later date.


“I am really pleased to have Taver Johnson join our coaching staff,” Meyer said. “I’ve known Taver for a long time, going back to our days at Notre Dame, and I think he is a terrific coach and person. He’ll do an excellent job coaching our cornerbacks and mentoring the young men in our program.”


Johnson, who is a native of Cincinnati, comes home to Ohio after spending the 2017 season working as defensive coordinator at Temple University.


He will be coaching at Ohio State for a second time. He was cornerbacks coach for four seasons under Jim Tressel (2007-10) and for the 2011 season under Luke Fickell. He left Ohio State after the 2011 season to become assistant head coach and linebackers coach at the University of Arkansas. He was elevated to interim head coach that spring and was coach of the Razorback defensive backs for the 2013 season.


Johnson was a standout football player at Wittenberg, a two-time Division III All-American and North Coast Athletic Conference defensive player of the year in 1992 and 1993.


He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994 and spent two seasons coaching there before a three-year tenure at Millikin (Ill.) where he coached linebackers and served as defensive coordinator in 1998.


A one-year graduate assistantship brought Johnson to Notre Dame in 1999, where he worked with Meyer. Four seasons at Miami of Ohio as linebackers coach followed before one season of coaching special teams with the Cleveland Browns. He returned to Miami for 2005-06 and then joined Tressel’s staff at Ohio State in March of 2007.


Johnson coached three All-Americans at Ohio State: cornerbacks Malcolm Jenkins, who also won the Thorpe Award in 2008 as the nation’s outstanding defensive back, and Chimdi Chekwa, and safety Kurt Coleman. All three players were selected in the NFL Draft. Jenkins just won his second Super Bowl two weeks ago with Philadelphia and is a nine-year NFL veteran. Coleman is with the Carolina Panthers and he, too, just completed his ninth year in the league.


Prior to coaching at Temple, Johnson was on former Ohio State assistant coach Darrell Hazell’s staff at Purdue for three seasons, from 2014-16, coaching the defensive backs.


Johnson received his degree in business administration from Wittenberg in 1994. He and his wife, Sharday, have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Brooklynn.








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